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The colours of Reunion Island

Reunion Island is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, about 200km southwest of its more famous neighbour, Mauritius. A French overseas department, Reunion is an island of stunning natural beauty. In addition, inhabited by a mix of French, Creole and Asian people, the island is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Above all, it’s an island of colour! LOTS of colour. Here are sixteen photos portraying the colours of Reunion Island.

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The beautiful Hotel de Ville or City Hall in St. Denis, the capital of Reunion.

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The glorious white sands and multi-coloured lagoon in La Saline les Bains.

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The Bourbon or Dodo beer is synonymous with Reunion. It’s one of my favourite beer logos!

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And have some delicious spicy Creole sausages to go with Dodo beer!

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The majestic Piton de Neiges, at 3,071m, the highest peak on the island.

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The red, Mars-like landscape of the Plaine des Sables.

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The lagoon-ringed west coast of Reunion.

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The skate-park in the town of St. Pierre.

The lovely Saturday market in St. Pierre.

The lovely Saturday market in St. Pierre.

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Chilling in a hammock above the Indian Ocean!

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A stunning lagoon created by ancient lava flows.

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The little village of Cayenne in the mountains of Cirque de Mafate.

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Jace is a local Reunion artist who created the world-famous (faceless) Gouzou character. This is one of his biggest pieces in St. Denis.

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The local rhum is absolutely superb!

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Gorgeous Maloya dancers.

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And last but not least, a stunning sunset!

Read more about Reunion Island on Velvet Escape.

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 Africa 2 Comments

The invisible car

So you, like me, thought invisible cars (such as the one featured in the James Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’) don’t exist? Well, think again! On a trip to Melbourne, Australia, I spotted this invisible taxi and took a photo before it vanished!

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You didn’t really believe me, did you? Haha! I was going to take a photo of the Flinders Street train station when my camera for some reason decided to take multiple ‘bursts’, creating this strange effect as the taxi passed by. A failed photo but the effect certainly is intriguing. :-)

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 Oceania No Comments

Colourful boats in Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is a small fishing village situated at the southern end of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. Its harbour is full of colourful fishing boats, making it a favourite photo opportunity for visitors.

Read more about my trip to Malta at: “Impressions of Malta“.

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Friday, February 14th, 2014 Europe No Comments

Snow sculptures in Lapland

The town of Ylläs in Finnish Lapland is located about 200km north of the Arctic Circle and is a popular winter destination for the Finnish people. With its fells, lakes and expansive forests, there’s nature in abundance and a host of winter activities to keep anyone busy! I went snow-shoeing, husky-sledding, sat in a sauna gondola (!!), slept in an icy bed, floated in a frozen lake and even saw the northern lights! In the town centre, big blocks of snow are carved into beautiful sculptures depicting typical tales from Lapland. Blank blocks are left for the kids to carve their own pictures and scenes.

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Friday, January 31st, 2014 Europe No Comments

Christmas in Tarrington

Tarrington is a small community in the Australian state of Victoria, a few hours’ drive west of Melbourne (see map). It’s a beautiful region with green rolling hills, gum tree forests and lakes. Farming (especially sheep) is the mainstay of the local economy but there are also a number of wineries (Tarrington lies in the heart of the Henty Wine Region). Many travellers (especially those driving from Melbourne to Adelaide) stop in this region to enjoy the gorgeous scenery and indulge in the local cuisine and wines. However, Tarrington has one other attraction that is making more visitors stop: its annual Christmas decorations! The locals use bales of hay to create quirky Christmas decorations which are placed outside their homes or farms. On my recent visit to the region, I spotted many of these – there were koalas, kangaroos, cartoon and more traditional Christmas characters all made of bales of hay! Bus-loads of visitors stop to have their pictures taken at these decorations. My favourite was this Super Santa!

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Super Santa!

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Friday, December 20th, 2013 Oceania No Comments

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